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Detroit Review

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After The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal reteam to tell a true story from half a century ago, finding unnerving present-day resonance in the details. Using exhaustive research, they recount the events surrounding the Detroit riots for the first time, with characters who feel achingly real. It's so impeccably assembled that it carries a strong punch to the gut.

It kicked off in July 1967 when white police raided a peaceful party, brutally arresting the blacks in attendance. People hit the streets in protest, and the officials cracked down. Caught up in this, aspiring Motown singer Larry (Algee Smith) and his pal Fred (Jacob Latimore) take refuge in the Algiers Motel, where they meet some other men (including Anthony Mackie and Jason Mitchell) and two white girls (Hannah Murray and Kaitlyn Dever). Thinking they heard shots fired, local cop Krauss (Will Poulter) and his partners (Jack Reynor and Ben O'Toole) charge in, lining everyone up and menacing them brutally. Caught in the middle, security guard Melvin (John Boyega) tries to diffuse the situation without further aggravating these viciously bigoted policemen.

The film opens with a lucid prologue tracing the roots of America's racial tensions in the continued segregation between inner-cities and suburbs, creating a police state with whites marginalising blacks. Bigelow's direction and Boal's script then recount events journalistically, throwing the audience right into the situation without character back-stories. This makes everything feel urgent and dangerous, a situation in which absolutely anything can happen. So when it leads to murder, we're deeply horrified.

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Will Poulter Reveals How He Prepared For Detroit Role


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Will Poulter had to watch ''a lot of footage'' on KKK members in preparation for 'Detroit'.

The 24-year-old actor, who plays the role of Krauss in the crime film, has admitted he had to research into his role and watched clips on the Ku Klux Klan and ''white supremacist groups''.

He told Shortlist magazine: ''I've received an education through making this film.

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'Detroit' Director Kathryn Bigelow Says Talking About Race Is "More Vital Than Ever"


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Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow says that talking about the issue of race in America is “more vital than ever”, after headline-grabbing events in Charlottesville last weekend.

The 65 year old filmmaker spoke on the eve of the release of her new movie Detroit, which stars John Boyega and Will Poulter and tells the events of the Detroit rebellion in July 1967, that was triggered by heavy-handed policing of the city’s black population.

Bigelow wants to meet racism “head-on”, telling The Guardian that “to do nothing is not an option”.

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John Boyega And Will Poulter Bonded In Detroit


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Boyega (The Force Awakens) plays Melvin Dismukes, a quietly observant security officer, while Poulter (The Revenant) plays Philip Krauss, an abusive policeman. As non-American actors, they're able to get under the skin of these characters without any cultural baggage. And despite the fact that they are playing characters on opposite sides of the conflict, the actors bonded on the set.

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Boyega says he heard about the film when the auditions came up, and he had time to fit one movie in before resuming his Star Wars role for The Last Jedi. "I wanted a movie that was grounded and based on a true story," he says. "And this was an issue that I'm very passionate about, given the subject matter. I see the movie as Detroit's origin story: the scars and the hurt. This place was victimised by systemic racism and violence. And that creates an imbalance that's very, very hard to sort out."

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Will Poulter Will Star In New Movie Based On The 1967 Detroit Riots


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Will Poulter has landed a role in a new movie based on the 1967 Detroit riots.

The 23-year-old English actor is set to star in the upcoming crime drama alongside Jack Reynor, newcomer Ben O'Toole and 'Star Wars: The Force awakens' star John Boyega, according to Variety.

The production will reenact the uproar in the July of the sixties, which erupted in America, due to the institutionalized racism after a police raided unlicensed bars that caused a large revolt.

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Will Poulter - The Elle Style Awards 2016 - Arrivals at The Elle Style Awards - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 23rd February 2016

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The Revenant - R Rated Trailer


Hugh Glass is a skilled hunter, experienced in trapping some of the most predatory of beasts in the American West in order to claim their fur. However, it all goes wrong one day when he and his three friends and companions John Fitzgerald, Andrew Henry and Jim Bridger are travelling some untouched territory. They are confronted by a bear who wastes no time in viciously attacking Glass, leaving the other three men to flee without a second glance. Unfortunately for them, Glass is not dead after his mauling, and he's not happy about being left for dead by the people he's supposed to be able to trust. Determined to survive on his own even as a particularly bitter winter sets in, he just wants to find the cowards that betrayed him and take revenge.

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Will Poulter To Play Evil Clown In Fukunaga's 'It' Remake


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Will Poulter will play the evil clown Pennywise in Cary Fukunaga's remake of It. The film will be split into two feature films though will reportedly stay true to Stephen King's original story while giving the terrifying tale a new aesthetic.

Will PoulterWIll Poulter will play the evil clown Pennywise in Cary Fukunaga's It remake

The original It followed a group of outcast kids who come together over summer break to take on a monster disguised as a clown who's haunting the town. The popular book was made into a TV miniseries in 1991 starring John Ritter and Tim Curry - the latter famously playing the evil clown. A movie adaptation was never made given the size of King's novel - hence Fukunaga's decision to split his film into two.

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Glassland Review


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Even the lighter moments in this dark Irish drama are tinged with sadness, including a scene in which a tormented mother and son escape through dancing together ... to the strains of Soft Cell's Tainted Love. But the film is anchored by such a solid performance by Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction) that it's definitely worth a look.

Reynor plays John, a young guy in Dublin working extra shifts as a cab driver to support his alcoholic mother Jean (Toni Collette) and his younger brother Kit (Harry Nagle), who has been institutionalised with Down's Syndrome and is never visited by his mum, not even on his 18th birthday. But then she's too busy drinking herself into serious illness. John's only support comes from his best pal Sean (Will Poulter), who has problems of his own as his ex (Maria Carlton) is demanding cash to support their young child. When Sean opts to move abroad to find work, John decides to get his mother into rehab, consulting a counsellor (Michael Smiley) who tells him that she will require a lot more than the one week the state can provide.

Things take a bizarre turn from here that isn't very clearly defined, but then writer-director Gerard Barrett isn't interested in explaining all of the details, mainly because he's telling the story from John's frazzled perspective. John lives through all of this a moment at a time, so the past is irrelevant, he seeks brief moments of joy wherever he can find them, and he just gets on with the job at hand, however freaky it may be. Through all of this, Barrett keeps things intense and unsettling, never quite letting the audience get its balance. This bold approach makes us feel almost as overwhelmed as John does.

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MTV Movie Awards: 'The Fault In Our Stars' Leads 2015 Winners


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It's difficult to argue with the results of this year's MTV Movie Awards victors, who took home their much-deserved accolades on Sunday (April 12th 2015). The top prize of Movie Of The Year went to Josh Boone's adaptation of the John Green novel 'The Fault In Our Stars' - but who else won big at the 2015 ceremony?

Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley in 'The Fault In Our Stars'Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley in 'The Fault In Our Stars'

Shailene Woodley took home a couple of awards herself; first for Best Female Performance in 'The Fault In Our Stars', and second for Best Kiss with Ansel Elgort. 'The Maze Runner' star Dylan O'Brien also won big, landing Breakthrough Performance, Best Hero and, of course, Best Fight with Will Poulter. O'Brien will reprise his role in the upcoming sequel 'Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials'. Meanwhile, Zac Efron's abs in 'Neighbors' predictably won him Best Shirtless Performance, while his onscreen chemistry with Dave Franco made them Best Duo. 'Neighbors' was also the winner of Best WTF Moment, with Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne taking home the award.

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The Maze Runner Review


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There's nothing particularly original or insightful to set this teen-dystopia thriller apart from the crowd, but strong characters will build some anticipation for the next instalment in the franchise. Unusually for the genre, the film also has a remarkably masculine tone, centring on boyish jostling for control while leaving the women in just two small-but-pivotal roles. On the other hand, it's to thinly plotted that it's pretty forgettable.

The story opens in a scene of disorientation, as teen Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) emerges into the Glade, unable to remember anything about himself or his past. He's the monthly arrival to a community of boys anchored by Alby (Aml Ameen) and the runners who dash into the maze beyond the four tall walls that close in their isolated world. But the maze is full of dangers, and paranoid leader Gally (Will Poulter) thinks Thomas is jeopardising the status quo with his curiosity, bravery and desire to get out. As divisions appear in the community, the game itself seems to be changing as monsters called grievers become more aggressive. Thomas finds allies in Gally's second-in-command Newt (Brodie-Sangster), the lead runner Minho (Ki Hong Lee) and cheery youngster Chuck (Blake Cooper). Then a girl (Kaya Scodelario) arrives carrying a note that says, "She is the last one EVER." And now everyone knows that nothing will be the same again.

Essentially this is Lord of the Flies with the nasty bits taken out, as these boys create a relatively peaceful society until Thomas' arrival signals an apocalypse within the post-apocalypse. Through it all, Thomas has dreams revealing snippets of information about what's really going on here and who's pulling the strings (the fabulous Patricia Clarkson). Meanwhile, he has to learn the mythology of the Glade, which is carefully explained in painfully obvious dialogue ("That's what we call 'the changing'").

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Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario and Dylan O'Brien - Dylan O'Brien, Will Poulter and Kaya Scodelario Maze Runner Press Junket in Philadelphia, Pa - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States - Tuesday 2nd September 2014

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Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Dylan O'brien and Eukie Washington
Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Dylan O'brien and Eukie Washington

Will Poulter - EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) after-party held at the Grosvenor House - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 16th February 2014

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Will Poulter - Sunday 13th February 2011 at BAFTA Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals. London, England

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Will Poulter Sunday 29th November 2009 EA British Academy Children's Awards 2009 held at the London Hilton. London, England

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Will Poulter

Date of birth

28th January, 1993

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.88




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Detroit Movie Review

Detroit Movie Review

After The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal reteam to...

Detroit Trailer

Detroit Trailer

It's the summer of 1967 and the city of Detroit, Michigan is in the midst...

The Revenant Movie Review

The Revenant Movie Review

A wrenching saga of survival and revenge, Alejandro G. Inarritu's new epic is just as...

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The Revenant - R Rated Trailer

The Revenant - R Rated Trailer

Hugh Glass is a skilled hunter, experienced in trapping some of the most predatory of...

Glassland Movie Review

Glassland Movie Review

Even the lighter moments in this dark Irish drama are tinged with sadness, including a...

The Maze Runner Movie Review

The Maze Runner Movie Review

There's nothing particularly original or insightful to set this teen-dystopia thriller apart from the crowd,...

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The Maze Runner  Trailer

The Maze Runner Trailer

After awakening in a rising elevator with no memory of who he is or what...

The Maze Runner Trailer

The Maze Runner Trailer

Thomas is a young teenager who suddenly awakens to find himself ascending in an elevator...

Plastic Movie Review

Plastic Movie Review

Lazy filmmaking undermines this sparky caper thriller, from paper-thin characters and convenient plot points to...

Plastic Trailer

Plastic Trailer

Sam and Fordy are young students who think of themselves as entrepreneurs in the business...

We're the Millers Movie Review

We're the Millers Movie Review

Consistently amusing but never uproariously funny, this comedy plays it relatively safely by gently subverting...

We're The Millers Trailer

We're The Millers Trailer

David isn't your classic drug dealer type - he sells pot here and there for...

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